The good run

Miles for Smiles in its 10th year
October 17th, 2018
Dr. Katie Michaels '18 exits the "tunnel" during the 2016 Miles for Smiles Runathon.

Dr. Katie Michaels ’18 exits the “tunnel” during the 2016 Miles for Smiles Runathon.

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The numbers alone are impressive. Since 2008, approximately 1,300 runners have clocked more than 9,000 miles with the help of 400 volunteers, many of them predental students from across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. And on Nov. 3, the student-led Miles for Smiles continues its stride at Exall Park in Dallas with its 10th annual runathon. So far, 900 patients have received dental treatment at Texas A&M College of Dentistry as a result of more than $100,000 raised for the school’s Social Services Dental Care Fund, which helps patients in the Dallas area who are unable to afford their dental care.

One of the unique things about Miles for Smiles is that runathon participants don’t pay to participate. They simply show up and run. Sponsors pledge a specific dollar amount for each mile completed. Did we mention pet steps count, too?


When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. Register online or in person upon arrival.

Where: Exall Park, 1355 Adair Street, Dallas 75204

Cost: Free to participants. Contributions and pledge-per-mile donations are appreciated, with optional sponsorships available.

While you’re there: Run or walk to your heart’s content, dance it out through Zumba with the North Texas Hispanic Dental Association, get a free oral cancer screening, show off your pearly whites at the Tooth Booth and learn how to keep your smile healthy through proper brushing and flossing, courtesy of Texas A&M College of Dentistry students. Enjoy refreshments, enter the raffle and be sure to grab your take-home hygiene kit!

— Jennifer Fuentes